Aerospace event to take off this week

The Warner Robins Chamber of Commerce will co-host its seventh annual Requirements Symposium this week, beginning Tuesday and ending Thursday afternoon.

The event will be held at the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base and the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry. Tuesday’s events will be held at the museum before moving to Perry on Wednesday and Thursday.

The three-day event will bring together Air Force officials and business leaders from the aerospace community, “where you can tell us what you need and we can tell you what we can do for you,” said JaLynn Hudnall, a member of the Warner Robins Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.

Representatives from companies that typically do business with the Air Force and Robins Air Force Base — including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Boeing — are expected to attend the event.

Maj. Gen. Polly Peyer, the commanding general of the co-hosting Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, will address the symposium Wednesday morning at 8:55 a.m.

Maj. Gen. Gary T. McCoy, the commanding general of the Air Force Global Logistics Support Center, will also address symposium participants Wednesday. He is scheduled to speak just before lunch.

More than 800 people attended last year’s symposium.

Topics of discussion at the event extend well beyond Robins Air Force Base, Hudnall said. “Last year, we had people from Israel, we had people from Canada, all over the United States.”

They’ll be discussing matters that involve a lot of money, if past Requirements Symposiums are any indication.

The Warner Robins Air Logistics Center signed more than $5 billion in contracts in 2008, according to a news release from event organizers.

“Just the housekeeping contract alone is over $5 million,” Hudnall said. “There really are no small procurements.”

And no small ticket prices. Private contractors were expected to pay at least $250 a person to attend the event. Only Department of Defense officials were given a reprieve from the door price.

To contact writer Thomas L. Day, call 744-4489.